Friday, September 7, 2007

iPhone price cut, new iPod, iPhone outsells all smartphones

Apple announced that the company will slash the price of its iPhone from $599 to $399 for the 8GB version, adding that the company is on track to sell one million of the devices by the end of this month. Apple also unveiled the first touch-screen iPod, which will also offer Wi-Fi connectivity on the device for the first time. The Wi-Fi connection will enable Web browsing on the iPod touch using a mini browser, and allow wireless music download purchases from the iTunes Store. The company also brokered a deal with Starbucks, to offer free Wi-Fi surfing to the wireless iTunes Store -- from an iPhone or computer with iTunes, in addition to the new iPod -- from 5,800 Starbucks locations in the U.S. by the end of next year. An 8GB version of the iPod touch, slated to begin shipping this month, will cost $299, while a 16GB model will sell for $399.

In other related news, Apple's iPhone outsold all other smartphone models in the U.S. in July, taking 1.8% of the total U.S. handset market, according to a report from market research firm iSuppli.The firm said the iPhone topped sales of smartphones like the Blackberry, and devices from Palm, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung, and equaled those for LG's Chocolate phone.iSuppli expects that Apple will sell 4.5 million iPhones this year, and more than 30 million in 2011.


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